Where Do You Start When Laying Carpet Flooring?
Want a new look for your house? Well, a good upgrade must start from the floor up! Carpet flooring is one of the best choices you can make for your home. It’s not only aesthetically appealing, but it also adds comfort and warmth to a home.
If you’re a DIY-minded homeowner, you’ll be pleased to know that, although laying carpet flooring is a physically challenging task, you can undertake it on your own. Wondering where to start? This straightforward guide outlines the steps to take from start to finish.
Install Tack-Less Strips
After gathering the right tools and preparing the room, you should take tack-less strips and nail them around the room’s perimeter. These tack-less strips will play a critical role of locking and holding your new carpet flooring firmly to the subfloor. When nailing the strips, be sure to leave about ½ an inch of space between the wall and the strips.
Install the underlay
Installing an underlay not only adds padding beneath your carpet flooring, but it also enables you to install your new carpet without bunching or ripples. Installing the underlay involves stapling it to the subfloor along the room’s perimeter. Be sure to seal the seams between the strips of padding using duct tape. When installing over a concrete subfloor, be sure to use glue to hold the underlay in place.
Install the new carpet
Start by measuring the room, and then cut your carpet flooring into multiple strips that are slightly longer than that measurement. Lay the first strip and ram it against the wall at the near end of the room. Using a chalk line, mark the back of the carpet where it gets into contact with the wall.
Cut along the chalk line using a utility knife to cut away the excess material. Do the same for the other strips and ensure that they overlie each other by a few inches. Also, make sure that the carpet pile runs in the same direction. Place seaming tape underneath each seam and use a seaming iron to activate the adhesive.
You should pull the edges of the carpet strips firmly together. Seal the seam by running over it with a carpet roller or rolling pin. You can also use a power stretcher to stretch the carpet, after which you can use an activation lever to stretch the new carpet flooring even more tightly above the tack-less strips.
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